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Reception for Detroit Artist Carole Harris is Thursday, September 9

Carole HarrisHANCOCK, MI - A closing reception for Detroit artist Carole Harris is Thursday, September 9, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Finlandia University Gallery, in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

Harris will present a lecture about her work at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Night in Tunisia by Carole HarrisHarris's exhibit, "Improvisations," is a collection of colorful, complex handmade quilts. It is on display through September 11, 2010.

The dense layering of patterns and the repetition of materials that Harris employs in her non-traditional quilts and tapestries are evocative of the rhythms, energy, and movement found in African and  African-American music, particularly Blues and Jazz.

"I try to think of my work as the visualization of the music that inspires me," notes Harris.

Harris's visual vocabulary comes from a mixture of traditional quilt patterns and her own imagery, impressions, and experimentations. Her art is composed of hundreds of richly colored fabrics which are cut, overlaid, appliquéd, pieced and quilted.

Way Across Town by Carole Harris"Quilts are like paintings, full of color, texture, and design," Harris says. "I try to create energy in both a spontaneous (improvisational) and an organized way-much as a jazz musician will take a theme and riff on it until it is unrecognizable, while always maintaining control."

Harris will be on the Finlandia University campus September 9 to 11 to work with the university's Fiber Arts and Fashion Design majors.

Harris's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, and in Europe and Japan.

She earned her B.F.A. degree in interior design at Wayne State University. She is president of Harris Design Group, LLC, an interior design firm which she founded in 1976.

City Night by Carole HarrisHarris also has a strong commitment to community service, education, and arts advocacy.  She has served on the boards of Inside Out Literary Arts, African Renaissance Theatre, Pewabic Pottery, Wayne State University Board of Visitors, and the Board of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.

 

Photo cutlines:1) The artist Carole Harris; 2) Night in Tunisia, a quilt by Carole Harris; 3) Way Across Town, a quilt by Carole Harris